Why a multiple choice question?
The question feature in Google Classroom now provides the opportunity to ask a single multiple choice question. I'm not a fan of using multiple choice questions for assessment. I question the accuracy at which they measure learning. I am, however, a huge fan of polling an audience to lead a discussion. This works especially well in the Google Classroom environment as a user can add a video, document, or link to a website along with the question. This would allow the teacher to gather quick data on thoughts and feelings on the subject matter. For this reason, I see a lot of value in the multiple choice option.
Another option would be for a super quick exit slip. I believe the original short-answer question was a better fit for an accurate read of student learning, but if you needed a quick data set for tomorrow's lesson, the single multiple choice question would work.
See it in action
I attempted to make a quick video on the subject, but it ended up going longer as I wanted to show it from the student perspective as well. I hope you find it helpful.
Practical daily applications
There are also ways you could use the multiple choice feature on a regular basis throughout the day. It wouldn't have to be completely academic.
- Daily lunch choices
- Poll recess activities
- Current event opinions
- Next class read aloud
- Predictions or thoughts within a class read aloud
- Groupings/roles for class projects
- Differentiation based upon interest
- Survey the class mood/attitude
- Brain teasers